( Sat., Dec. 31, 2011 )
Performed by Sari Gruber, soprano, & Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601-2337
"Throughout the world orchestras and their audiences ring in the New Year with the sophisticated and sentimental sounds of old Vienna, with waltzes by Johann Strauss taking center stage. Our version pays homage to that tradition but also charts new territory, led by the exquisite vocals of soprano Sari Gruber, who starred as Susanna in our 2007 production of The Marriage of Figaro." Program: "Classic waltzes and polkas by several members of the Strauss family, alongside favorite opera selections by Viennese headliners Mozart, Franz Lehar, Oscar Straus and more. Beloved and occasionally playful melodies inspired by the Austrian masters. Selections range from a favorite waltz by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) to lighthearted works by some of Broadway’s biggest names. “The Sound of Music” and “My Favorite Things” from Richard Rodgers’s musical classic, plus Gershwin’s “By Strauss” from Vincente Minnelli’s 1936 revue The Show is On and “Salzburg” from Jule Styne’s Bells Are Ringing."
Previously listed at 7:00 p.m.
$63-$33, seniors $30, students $10.